Curriculum 2020

17 October 2019
Year 10 2020
Overview:  Year 10 
How to select your subjects
Home Group 
VCE Early Start 
Elective Program
3 Period Elective Subjects
2 Period  Elective Subjects
Year 10 Assessments 
Brunswick Secondary College
03 9387 6133
47 Dawson Street
Brunswick , Victoria, 3056

Overview:  Year 10 

In Year 10 students  have increased flexibility and responsibility in their learning. They begin to consider pathways both within and beyond the school.

Our Year 10 course offers students the chance to pursue subjects of interest to them, through our comprehensive elective program. They also continue to develop skills and knowledge in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. This handbook provides an overview of the subjects available.

It is important for students to discuss decisions about subject selection with their parents. Students may also wish to seek further details from teachers. 

We wish all students every success in making their subject selections and transition to Year 10.


Year 10 students complete core subjects in the following Learning Areas:


Students choose two big ideas to explore for the year:

  • Power
  • Truth
  • Artificial Intelligence

Visit the English page for further detail on this subject



There are two Year 10 Mathematics courses:

  • Year 10 Maths - General Pathway. This covers the core  content of the Australian Curriculum
  • Year 10 Maths A - Methods Pathway.  This covers the core curriculum as well as the advanced content with a strong problem solving focus. 

Visit the Mathematics page for further detail on this subject




Students complete two humanities subjects from the following:

  • History
  • Geography and Economics
  • Politics and Law

Visit the Humanities page for further detail on this subject




Students complete units in each of the following science disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science

Visit the Science page for further detail on this subject



There are two types of electives offered at Year 10.

  • 3 period electives - Students complete four of these electives across the year. Each elective, apart from Languages or VCE subjects, is one semester in length.
  • 2 period electives - Students complete two of these electives across the year. Each elective is one semester in length.

Visit the Elective Program page for further detail.



Stationery & Text books

The Year 10  Texts & Stationery requirements lists for Year 10 will be uploaded as they become available.

Uniform items

To view the BSC Uniform options, order uniform items online or check Uniform Shop trading hours,  please access the BSC Uniform Shop.

How to select your subjects


Student choices determine which elective subjects will run.  Subject choices are explained in more detail further on in this handbook.


Students will need to make selections in the following:


  • Select the three ‘big ideas’ in order of preference
  • SEALP students should select SEALP English
  • EAL students should select EAL English


  • Select either Year 10 or 10A
  • Ensure you have checked the Mathematics subject you have been recommended for.
  • SEALP students should select the SEALP Mathematics subject


  • Select the three subjects in order of preference
  • SEALP students should select the SEALP Humanities subject


Elective Subjects

  • 3 period electives 

You will undertake 4 electives from this list.

Choose 4 preferences and 2 reserves.



Languages count as two preferences and must be selected twice.

Early Start VCE counts as two preferences and must be selected twice.  You can only select a Unit 1&2 subject if you have been approved for Early Start.

  • 2.0 period electives

You will undertake 2 electives from this list. Choose 2 preferences and 1 reserve




The direct web link and instructions for the online process have been sent to students’ school email address.

  1. Subject selection portal opens on Tuesday August 27 2019. Go online and select your subjects.
  2. Pick your subjects in order of preference. You will also need to select some reserve subjects.
  3. Once you have made your selections, print a receipt, have it signed by parent/guardian and bring it to your Subject Selection Appointment. Your appointment will be scheduled  on either Wednesday September 11 2019 or Thursday September 12 2019. It is very important that your selections are made prior to your Subject Selection Appointment


Year 10 English

Reading and engaging with the world around you is exceptionally important. The world after all is nothing more than what we make it.


So what do you want to make it?

In Year 10 English, students select two big ideas to explore, one for each semester. Each of these big ideas focuses on ways that people organise, control, perceive, represent and value each other. They allow you to shape your views and values on these ideas by immersing you with a range of novels, films, short stories, histories and media.


Students will be supported with the core skills required at VCE English by studying a range of print and non-print texts which explore their chosen idea. By allowing students greater choice in the texts and themes they study, we want to encourage broader reading, deeper thinking and more independent analysis in preparation for VCE.


For those students embarking on pathways alternative to VCE, we seek to prepare you for life after school by supporting you to become someone who is a critical thinker of what you read in the news and media, someone who is confident to speak in front of others and someone who considers different perspectives on the world before acting.


Each semester students study a core text and then choose from a list of supplementary texts to complete their study. Classes will be grouped around each theme or 'big idea'. For example, a student may be in the 'Power' class in Semester 1, and then a new class in Semester 2.


Students will be assessed each semester across the key outcomes of:

  • Language Analysis
  • Text Response
  • Comparative Response
  • Persuasive oral presentation.


Exam Format

At the end of each semester students will sit an exam. In line with the VCE Exam and its multiple texts, students will be given the choice to respond to a range of prompts and texts by selecting the question relevant to the core text they have studied.

Students choose 2 of the following themes:



Who holds the power in society?

What power do I have?

Are we more powerful as individuals or groups?

Does power corrupt?



Have you ever wondered if there's a better way to organise and structure our society?

Who is powerful in our society? What does power look like? When people are powerless, what are the consequences? More importantly, what kind of world do we want to make for ourselves in the future, and how do we get the power to make change?

CORE TEXT: Hidden Figures (2016)


To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

Animal Farm (George Orwell)



Is there one ultimate truth?

Can multiple truths co-exist?

How is truth distorted?

Where does your truth come from?

How does society's idea of truth impact your own life?


Reality is all the things we can see and hear.  How we can ensure that our society is one where people accept and understand other people's perspectives? How can we ensure fact wins over fiction?With our news and information about the world increasingly being controlled by algorithms in computers on social media servers - how can we ensure that the truth we see is more than just the truth we seek?

CORE TEXT: Wag The Dog (1997)


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Mark Haddon)

Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

The Book Thief (Marcus Zuzak)


What is thought?

Should we be developing AI?

What are the implications of AI?

What makes us human?

Do androids dream of electric sheep?


They say that a lot of the jobs we know today won't exist very soon due to automation and that we must prepare for an uncertain future and economic landscape. But the future isn't so bleak when you consider we have the power to shape that society.

How should we go forward in a world of increasing artificial intelligence? As creators of these machines, what morals and ethics should we imbue them with? What do we want that society to look like?

CORE TEXT: Blade Runner (1982)


Genesis (Bernard Beckett)

I, Robot (Isaac Asimov)

Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)


Year 10 Humanities


Students complete two Humanities subject from the following:

  • Geography and Economics
  • History
  • Politics and Law


SEALP  students will complete a SEALP Humanities course that combines all of the above


Geography & Economics

Students will explore major environmental changes which are currently affecting the world's ecosystems.  A range of case studies, such as the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch', will be investigated to identify how the human impact on the environment can be managed.  Current campaigns including the 'War on Waste' will be examined to explore how issues can be tackled at a local, national and global level. In addition, students will develop their knowledge of the range of choices they make in everyday life and the financial and broader impact of these decisions. Students will develop financial literacy skills, in order to prepare to make responsible and informed decisions about managing money.


Geography & Economics Pathway

 Assessment will include research, analysis and evaluation of case studies/scenarios, ICT supported presentations and tests including an end of semester exam. There will be an emphasis on skill development for the senior years including some assessed tasks completed under SAC conditions. This subject addresses the Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Geography domain of the Victorian Curriculum. 



Students will analyse the impact of two areas of study that have contributed to the shaping of the modern world. These include an exploration of the Second World War, with a focus on the Kokoda campaign; and the civil rights movement in both the United States and Australia. The two depth studies provide students with a rich and engaging exploration of some of the key developments in human history in the modern period, particularly the emergence and importance of human rights in the face of the horrors of the Holocaust, nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the injustices experienced by both African Americans and Indigenous Australians. Students will develop their historical thinking skills through the use, analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary sources across all three depth studies. Assessment will include both source analysis and evaluation, research, oral and ICT supported presentations. There will be an emphasis on skill development for the senior years, including some assessed tasks completed under SAC conditions and an end of unit examination.  The subject addresses the History domain of the Victorian Curriculum, and will prepare students for VCE History.


History Pathway

Year 10 History is an extension of curriculum covered in Humanities Years 7 to 9 and leads to VCE History Units 1 & 2 (Twentieth Century history) and Units 3 & 4 (Revolutions). History develops fluent, concise and well-structured written expression, research skills and provides students with the ability to express complex ideas, synthesising a range of evidence and perspectives. History can be studied further in a range of tertiary degrees, such as arts, international relations and teaching. It can lead to careers in fields such as historical research, teaching and archaeology.


Politics & Law 

In this subject students will learn about the key features and values of Australia’s political system and those in the Asia region. They will explore Australia’s roles and responsibilities at a global level using real case studies such as peace keeping and asylum seekers. Students will evaluate the role of the High Court in making decisions on key cases and investigate how international obligations increasingly shape Australian law and policies. They will consider the role of the media in Australia's political system and the challenges this poses. Students will explore the jurisdictions of the Victorian Court Hierarchy, powers of Victoria Police, role of the jury and sanctions given to convicted criminals. Learning will be enhanced with visits to civic institutions such as the Magistrates’ Court and Victorian Parliament and discussions with Members of Parliament. Assessment will include research reports, role plays, tests, case studies, ICT supported presentations and an end of unit examination. This subject addresses the Civics and Citizenship domain of the Victorian Curriculum and will prepare students for VCE Politics  and Legal Studies subjects.


Politics and Law Pathway

Year 10 Politics and Law builds on the civics component of curriculum covered in Humanities Years 7 - 9 and is an introduction to the VCE subjects Politics and Legal Studies. Key skills include research, interpretation and analysis, formulating and expressing opinions, short answer and extended written responses and teamwork. Each of these skills can be applied not only to Politics and Legal Studies, but are also transferable to History, Business Management, English and Literature studies. At a tertiary level, Politics and Law students can consider a vast range of degrees, including arts, public relations, teaching, international relations and media.


Year 10 Mathematics

The college offers 2 Maths courses at Year 10:

  • 10 Maths – General Pathway
  • 10A  Maths  – Methods Pathway

SEALP students will undertake the 10A Maths option.



These courses cover the Year 10 Core Curriculum comprehensively. Each course is designed for students to achieve success in Year 10 and to offer them the best possible preparation for the Mathematics they will do in Year 11. 

Students will need to select one of the following courses.

It is important they read their Maths recommendation letter before making their selection.

This recommendation is a strong indication of the student’s ability and achievement in Mathematics. Being in the recommended course will allow students to study the units that will best suit their learning needs. 

10 Maths – General Pathway

General Pathway leads to Year 11 General Maths, followed by Year 12 Further Maths. It covers the core content of the Australian Curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on Statistics, Measurement. Geometry and Financial Modelling.

10A Maths – Methods Pathway

Methods Pathway leads to Year 11 Specialist Maths and Year 11 Maths Methods. This is the most challenging of Maths courses as there is a strong emphasis on problem solving. This course is designed for students aiming for courses such as Engineering and Science which require Mathematics Methods as a prerequisite.

Year 10 Mathematics Course Content


Mathematics VCE Pathway


Mathematics as a prerequisite for University Courses

There are many tertiary courses that require Mathematics. Some examples are Nursing, Business Studies, Teaching, Information Technology, Engineering, Science and Biomedicine. 

The VTAC COURSELINK website is also a useful resource  for checking course requirements.  



Year 10 Science


Year 10 Science offers an eight-week subject rotation Science program. Students, in their classes, will move through each of the VCE subjects offered. Psychology is offered as an elective subject.




The objective of the rotation is to ensure that

  • Students are taught by a VCE Specialist Teacher who will be able to extend the course.
  • Students can develop a realistic idea of the topics covered in VCE science courses
  • Teachers can make the course relevant for those students who will not be pursuing a Science subject in their VCE

The image below is an example of how this subject rotation may operate throughout the school year.


Each subject will have 1 assessment task.

  • Biology - Application task
  • Chemistry - Practical report
  • Physics -  Project submission

The following units will be covered in each subject:

Biological Sciences


  • Draw an annotated diagram of protein synthesis
  • Describe the patterns of inheritance using pedigrees
  • Explain why there is variety of different species on planet earth



  • Explain the difference between distance and displacement using appropriate examples
  • Determine the speed/velocity of an object from the gradient of a position/displacement-time graph
  • Plot a position-time graph and a velocity-time graph for non-linear motion relating to a real-life situation


  • Describe the structure of an atom using an electron subshell shell model
  • Apply the solubility rules to predict when precipitates will form
  • Use the Mole to identify proportions of atoms


Examination Format:

At the end of each semester students will sit an exam.

In Semester 1 this exam will cover the subjects they completed in Rotations 1 and 2.

For Semester 2 students will sit an exam on the subject they completed in Rotation 3, Earth Science and Science Literacy.

Home Group 

Home Group

The purpose of Home Group is to promote and maintain a supportive environment and positive relationship with the teacher and the class. This is in order to develop a sense of belonging and connectedness within the school and an environment that enables the whole student to thrive. Home Groups meet each Thursday for 45 minutes.


Guiding Principles of Home Group

Home Group teachers promote and maintain a supportive environment and positive relationships by:

  • Home Group teachers caring, monitoring, noticing, supporting, and advocating for students
  • Students voicing opinions and ideas, having input into their learning, and being empowered to be active leaders in class, the school and the community
  • Supporting goal setting, progress reflection and goal review
  • Promoting personal growth and social development
  • Celebrating achievements



VCE Early Start 


VCE Early Start is a program where Year 10 students can undertake a VCE subject, studying Units 1 & 2 (Year 11 level) in Year 10, and Units 3 & 4 (Year 12) in Year 11.

A Parent/Student Information Session regarding the Early Start Program is held in Term 3 of each year. Students must make special application to be considered for this program.


Elective Program

Year 10 Elective Program

Elective Subjects enable students to specialise in areas in which they have a particular interest or talent.  This flexibility promotes deeper engagement and supports higher achievement.  At the same time the Elective Subjects provide excellent background to areas covered in VCE studies and VCAL.


The College offers three blocks of elective subjects at Year 10. Some elective subjects run for three periods per week, while others run for  2 periods per week.

  • 3 period electives - Students complete four of these electives across the year. Each elective, apart from Languages or VCE subjects, is one semester in length
  • 2 period electives - Students complete two of these electives across the year and each elective is one semester in length

 The possibilities include:

  1. Completing six (6) electives across the year
  2. Completing four (4) electives and one Language
  3. Completing four (4) electives and one Early Start subject - a VCE Unit 1&2 sequence
  4. Completing two (2) electives and one Language and one Early Start subject


3 Period
Elective Subjects

3 periods per week

One semester length 

(with the exceptions of
Languages and
Outdoor & Environment Studies)


(Cost $70)

In a studio environment, students will plan and create a range of art works across different mediums and, through this, develop a personal art style. They will use a variety of techniques and processes including drawing, painting and collage. They will develop skills in responding to the arts through analysing selected artworks from different periods, from major twentieth century art movements like Surrealism and Expressionism, through to the influence of Pop Art on contemporary culture. Assessment will include a folio of artworks with accompanying visual diary, and there will be an emphasis on skill development for the senior years including an end of unit examination.

Art Pathway

Art in Year 10 builds on Art, Design and Technology electives undertaken from Years 7 to 10, and supports VCE subjects such as Studio Art, Product Design and Technology, Visual Communication Design and Media. Students develop skills with a range of Art media, but also learn how to develop ideas and make artworks in response to these. They also write about and analyse the artworks of others, and this links to image analysis skills used in English, Media and History. Art can be pursued at a tertiary level through Visual Arts degrees and TAFE certificates. Studying Art at school will assist students in developing folios for entry into design courses such as Graphic Design; Interior Design; Fashion Design and Industrial Design, and can lead to careers in a wide range of Visual Arts related careers such as art curatorship, art conservation and exhibition design.

Digital Technology (Cost $50)

Students will learn how to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the application of information systems and specific ways of thinking about problem solving. Through applying technology students acquire deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems, data and information and the processes associated with creating digital solutions. The course aims to provide practical opportunities for students to explore the capacity of information systems to systematically and innovatively transform data into digital solutions through the application of computational, design and systems thinking. This course will cover programming languages that are relevant to students specific needs.


Digital Technology Pathway

Year 10 Digital Technology leads to the VCE subject of Computing. The study of Computing provides students with opportunities to acquire skills to use digital systems efficiently and effectively when creating digital solutions.

VCE Computing focuses on the application of a problem-solving methodology, and strategies and techniques for managing information systems in a range of contexts, to create digital solutions that meet specific needs. Through a structured approach to problem solving, incorporating computational, design and systems thinking, students are equipped to orient themselves towards the future, with an awareness of the technical and societal implications of digital systems.

Studies in this area can lead to a range of careers in fields such as data science, software development; cyber security and systems administration; engineering and telecommunications; web and network design; and IT service management. IT skills are highly sought after in a range of other careers.

Food Studies
(Cost $60)


Food Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of food, with an emphasis on extending food knowledge and skills and building individual pathways to health and wellbeing through the application of practical food skills. Students develop their understanding of food while acquiring skills that enable them to take greater ownership of their food decisions and eating patterns. This subject places emphasis on preparing students for VCE Food Studies.    

Food Studies Pathway

Year 10 Food Studies builds on Food Years 7 to 9, further developing the good standard of kitchen and food handling skills already established. Food Technology revises and extends some of the theory already learned, but also introduces new topics that provide students with the required understanding and knowledge to complete Food Studies in Years 11 and 12. Some of the skills that are relevant to other subjects, in particular to practical subject learning, include the use of and the production of design briefs. Tertiary and TAFE studies are both available in this field, and can lead to careers in the hospitality industry, such as a pastry chef, kitchen hand, health/food promotion.

Health Education

Students will investigate the role that health plays in the community in regards to physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Students will examine the relationship between rights and responsibilities and how they relate to different stages in life. They also investigate the nutrients essential for optimal health and  the importance of achieving  a dietary balance. This subject places an emphasis on preparing students for VCE Health and Human Development.

Health Education Pathway

Year 10 Health develops skills learned in Years 7 to 9 and leads to Health and Human Development in VCE. Students will learn to respond to data and identify trends in order to make informed conclusions, discuss and analyse current research on health and health promotion, and describe and evaluate programs and current government initiatives. Health students can further their studies at a tertiary level, as physical education, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and medical degrees are all available at a wide range of universities, while TAFE courses can also be completed. Potential careers related to Health include midwifery, health promotion, health teaching, nutrition and dietetics and mental health care.

Language - Chinese or Italian

This subject runs for two semesters (the whole year)

Students will consolidate and extend their communication skills, intercultural knowledge and language awareness through a study of one of the two languages offered at Brunswick Secondary College, Italian or Chinese. This will be achieved through the study of topics and tasks including travel and future plans, recounting past events, following and giving instructions and exchanging opinions. Assessment will include written and oral creative tasks, summaries, written and aural comprehension tasks, pair work activities, role-play, and research including using ICT, literature study and regular vocabulary and grammar tests.  There will be an emphasis on skill development for the senior years including an end of unit examinations and regular tasks under SAC condition.    

Language Pathway

Year 10 Language study is recommended for students who have completed at least three years of consecutive language study from Years 7 to 9. It is not a beginner’s class and is therefore not suitable for students with no previous formal or informal experience or knowledge of the language.  In Year 10, Language students study a range of topics and complex grammar with special emphasis on developing the four skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking. Studying a language is not only an advantage for future work and travel, it also improves student’s understanding of the structure of their native language. Students considering studying Language in Year 10 should be able to demonstrate the following basic skills in Italian or Chinese:

  • Listen to dialogues in the Target Language and identify main ideas. 
  • Express ideas using familiar structures.
  • Write answers to questions using some complex structures 
  • Read texts with good pronunciation.
  • Identify main ideas in texts.
  • Write 2 – 3 linked paragraphs using some complex structures.

Year 10 Languages is a direct pathway to VCE Units 1 & 2 Language.



Literature is a subject for students who enjoy reading and writing. The subject suits students who do well in English and who are interested in exploring human nature, the organisation of human society or how we live our lives. In other words, the fundamental issues of human existence. One of literature's central concerns is to comment on these issues. We investigate, discuss and analyse these issues through the study of key texts that have historical and cultural significance. Students also learn how texts can be viewed from theoretical perspectives such as a feminist or psychoanalytic perspective. The year 10 Literature subject establishes skills and knowledge explored further in VCE Literature.

Literature Pathway

Literature allows students to develop skills regarding the analysis and interpretation of texts. It leads to the subject VCE Literature, and supports VCE English and Media Studies. Students will develop their written and verbal communication skills, learning to analyse, deconstruct and create a wide variety of texts. Students can pursue further Literature studies at a tertiary level, via a Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Professional Writing and teaching degrees. Literature supports all professions that rely on communication and analysis.

Media (Cost $30)

Year 10 Media is designed as a taster for students considering VCE Media. During the first term students analyse how media texts use technical codes and story conventions to construct representations and different film genres. Students will also undertake a variety of small practical tasks such as designing the sound for a famous film scene. They will undergo the production process from pre-production through to post-production to make two short films. Students will also sit an exam at the end of the semester about the theoretical aspects of the course, in preparation from senior VCE Media Studies.


Media Pathway

Year 10 Media leads towards VCE Media in senior levels. It offers students a solid understanding of visual and written language, fosters exam writing skills, creative thinking and builds technical proficiency using digital video cameras and editing software. Media students can complete Certificates in Media Production at TAFE for entry into a variety of Production/Media based industries or consider entry into a range of degrees at a tertiary level – communications, public relations, marketing, advertising, film studies, arts, teaching.

Music Performance

Students develop their skills as soloists as well as group performers, performing in a range of styles. While this elective is open to students of all levels of experience, there is a focus on preparation for VCE Music (Solo or Group Performance), incorporating practical and theoretical music, music history and aural training.   

Music Performance Pathway

Year 10 Music Performance builds on the skills and concepts learned in previous music electives as well as skills learned in Instrumental Music. Music Performance offers students an opportunity to play an instrument allowing students to learn or further develop and extend their creative, analysis, reading, writing, performance and listening skills. Music Performance leads to VCE Music Performance and/or Music investigations where students can specialise in Group or Solo Performance and then to tertiary degrees including performance, composition, arranging or teaching. 

Outdoor & Environment Studies
(Cost $700)

Students who select this subject must have submitted an Early Start application and been approved for Outdoor Environmental Studies.


Outdoor and Environmental Studies has a fee of $700 per year to cover the cost of equipment, resources and outdoor programs. In this subject, students study the ways  that humans interact with, and relate to, outdoor environments. ‘Outdoor environments’ includes environments that have minimal influence from humans, as well as those environments that have been subject to different levels of human intervention. The study enables students to make critically informed comment on questions of environmental sustainability and to understand the importance of environmental health, particularly in local contexts. Students complete two expeditions per year as well as day trips that allow them to engage in outdoor activities that provide them with experiential knowledge essential to this study.

Outdoor Environmental Studies Pathway

This subject allows students to complete Units 1 and 2 of outdoor and environmental studies leading to completion of Units 3 and 4 during Year 11. Skills gained through this study include communication, planning and organising, teamwork, problem solving, self-management, initiative and enterprise, and technology. Future pathways in higher education linked to this subject include; nature tourism, environmentalism, sustainability, outdoor recreation and outdoor education.

Physical Education

Students will observe, test and analyse how the body changes during exercise in order to develop a deeper understanding of the human body. They will use this understanding of the body to evaluate why elite athletes perform to a high standard and how they can improve their personal performance in physical activities. This subject places emphasis on preparing students for VCE Physical Education.

Physical Education Pathway

Year 10 Physical Education builds on content learned in Years 7 to 9, and leads to VCE Physical Education Units 1-4. Students will be taught a range of transferable skills, with interpreting graphs, tables and stimulus material, analysing and summarising text and applying theory in practical situations all being applicable to other subjects. While specific skills such as participating in and analysing physical movement, observing and reporting on laboratory exercises, and the use of correct terminology in written tasks provide students with a comprehensive skillset that will give them the best opportunity to pursue studies at a tertiary level, in physiotherapy, teaching, personal training, and health promotion. It can lead to careers such as exercise physiologist, physiotherapist, physical education teacher and sports coaching.

Product Design and Technology - Textiles (Cost: $80)

Students design and make a range of textile products, developing their ability to work through constraints and considerations of a design brief. They will use a range of decorative surface techniques: screen printing, hand painting, dye methods and embroidery, a range of materials and complex equipment to design and make their own Textile products. There is an emphasis on skill development for the senior years including creative and critical thinking, application of practical skills, examination techniques and SAC’s. Assessment includes: a folio workbook, design briefs, research and investigation, sampling, final products and written evaluation of final products, processes, product use and sustainability.

Textiles Pathway

This subject builds on skills acquired in Years 8 & 9 Textiles. At Year 10, Textiles students have the opportunity to explore and develop their own creativity, through design research and investigation, planning, design development drawing and making of their own textile products. Some of these skills are transferable to other subjects and importantly, provide a foundation to VCE subjects such as Product Design & Technology (Textiles) or Visual Communication and Design.  The area of higher education or further education and training that Product Design & Technology (Textiles) or Visual Communication Design may lead to are Textile Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design and Visual Merchandising.

Product Design and Technology - Wood  (Cost: $80)

In this subject students will learn a range of practical woodworking skills and 3-dimensional drawing systems. They will produce a finished product to take home. This subject extends on the design and construction techniques taught in the junior years – however it is not necessary to have studied Wood in Year 8 or 9. Students will use hand tools and machinery, and develop skills in designing products for a particular purpose. Assessment includes folio work, drawings, research and evaluation of their own work. Students should choose this subject if they are interested in 3D design and construction. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the machinery and processes of the wood room, and will also be valuable for any student thinking of studying Design and Technology at

PD &T - Wood Pathway

Year 10 Product Design & Technology - Wood can lead into VCE Years 11 & 12 Product Design & Technology (Wood) or Visual Communication Design. It builds on skills acquired in Years 8 & 9 Wood. At Year 10, students have the opportunity to develop their wood working skills using hand tools and some machinery. They explore creative design in wood work, through design research and investigation, planning, design development drawing and making their own product. The areas of higher education or further education and training that Product Design & Technology (Wood) or Visual Communication and Design may lead to are: Industrial Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Building, Carpentry and Cabinet Making.


Students will examine human behaviour and the amazing workings of the mind through an analysis of every day, to more exceptional behaviours.  They will study psychology and conduct experiments within various specialist areas including the brain, body language, forensic psychology and social psychology.  This study is an excellent preparation for students intending to study VCE Psychology.

Psychology Pathway

Year 10 Psychology is an entry level subject that builds on the behaviour and brain topics from Year 9 Science. Students will have an opportunity to learn skills and build an understanding of their own minds and behaviour. They will conduct experiments and study research conducted by other people in a broad range of topics, from memory, positive psychology and mindfulness, to understand the nature of pseudosciences such as astrology and how to study people in detail. They will study different areas such as body language, magic, pro and anti-social behaviour. While it is not a prerequisite, the knowledge and skills covered transfer into Years 11 & 12 VCE Psychology. Psychology can be studied as a University Arts or Science degrees and leads on to many careers from counselling to community, clinical, sports and business Psychology. It can also assist people who want to work with others and is useful in medicine, education and social work.

Visual Communication Design
(Cost: $70)


This subject is designed to prepare students for VCE VCD by developing their skills in freehand drawing, rendering and instrumental drawing. They will gain knowledge of drawing systems, standards and conventions such as one and two-point perspective; as well as isometric and orthogonal projections. Students will use design elements and principles to make visual communications that satisfy a stated purpose by using a design process. The design process involves: identification of a communication need, research and generation of design solutions, evaluation and refinement, and the completion of a final presentation. There will be an emphasis on skill development for the senior years including an end of unit examination.    

Visual Communication Design Pathway

Year 10 Visual Communication Design builds on the VCD and Technology electives undertaken from Yeas 7-9, and supports VCE subjects such as Studio Art, Product Design and Technology, Visual Communication Design and Media. Students develop three dimensional drawing skills, and also learn about using the design process to create products that communicate to a specific audience. Visual Communication can be pursued at a tertiary level through various design degrees and TAFE certificates in careers such as Graphic Design; Interior Design; Fashion Design; Advertising and Industrial Design, and can lead to careers in a wide range of other careers such as architecture, urban planning, computer game design, web and multimedia design.

2 Period 
Elective Subjects

2 periods  per week 
One semester length



This subject allows students to investigate the creation of the universe in the classroom. Astrophysics is the study of the cosmos, stars and planets, how they have changed and how this knowledge has been discovered. There is scope for students to study in detail one of the wonders of the Universe, such as black holes, exoplanets or supernova. We will conduct experiments and build and fire rockets of different types.

Astrophysics Pathway 

The Astrophysics pathway offers students a sound understanding and appreciation of the stars at night and insight into the creation of the universe. This subject develops the introductory skills and concepts which lead directly into VCE Physics and Chemistry, including using the textbook and course notes from the Year 11 Physics detailed study  of Astrophysics and also covers concepts covered in Year 11 Chemistry. It is an excellent course for students considering VCE Physics who have an interest in space or a career in astronomy.


This subject focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to run a small business. Students will learn about the factors involved in financial planning, profit and loss, and what makes a business viable. Students will use a simulated business program and also start a class enterprise themselves. Skills gained from this subject include planning, organising, decision making, teamwork and communication. 

Business Pathway

Year 10 Business leads to VCE subjects such as  Business Management and Accounting, and supports students to become informed citizens, consumers and investors. Studies in this area can lead to a broad range of careers such as small business owner, project manager, accountant, human resource manager, operations manager or executive manager. Further study can lead to specialisation in areas such as marketing, public relations and event management.


Students will learn, rehearse and perform a significant choreographer’s work whilst studying historical movements in a selected style of dance. They will further develop their choreographic skills through structured improvisation and developing group and solo dance works. Students will document their work and analyse major 20th century choreographers. Students will also implement technical skills into their classes and develop an understanding of the safe use of physical skills during dance. Assessment for this unit will be both practical and written.  This study will assist students in the preparation for VCE Dance

Dance Pathway

Dance builds on skills gained in Dance and Drama Years 7 to 9. It further develops physical and choreographic skills, including safe dance practices. Dance leads to VCE Dance and can be pursued at a tertiary level through studies in Creative Arts (Contemporary Dance), Music Theatre and Dance Education. Dance teaching and management are also available through TAFE.  Dance studies can lead to a vast range of careers including performance, choreography and teaching.

(Cost: $30)

Students engage with the play-making process, as they work in groups to plan, improvise, write, rehearse and perform a self-devised performance work. They look at a range of dramatic styles and improvisation techniques, before beginning an in-depth exploration of a topic which forms the basis of their performance. Students will learn the skills required to devise and present ensemble performances, develop drama terminology, and critically analyse theatre. Assessment will include a drama journal, a theatre review, and an ensemble performances. There will be an emphasis on skill development for senior years including a theatre excursion.


Drama Pathway 

The ability to improvise and think on your feet, understanding how to communicate with an audience, effective voice control and other practical performance skills are all learned in Year 10 Drama. Drama studies can lead to studies at a tertiary level in media and communications, advertising, public relations, filmmaking, drama and theatre studies, as well as a vast range of careers including acting, public relations and teaching.

Extended Investigation

The subject will be designed around students completing an extension research project on a topic they choose. Students will be supported to develop, refine and extend knowledge and skills in independent research and carry out an investigation that focuses on a research question. Through this subject, students develop their capacity to explore and explain their research findings in both oral and written forms.


Extended Investigation Pathway

This subject builds on science skills developed in Years 7-9 and links to VCE subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It also supports students to develop as independent, critical and reflective learners. These skills are highly relevant for a wide range of VCE subjects and post-school pathways. VCE Extended Investigation is also offered at Years 11 and 12.

Mathematics Extension

This subject is recommended for students studying Year 10A Maths – Methods Pathway. Students will be provided with additional enrichment tasks in preparation for entry into unit 1 and 2 Maths Methods and Specialist Maths. Students who enjoy mathematics and who like to be challenged are encouraged to apply for this specialist subject. Course content includes: Graphing, Polynomials and Factor theorem, Pascal’s triangle and Binomial Theorem.

Maths Pathway - refer to pathway details on the Mathematics page.

(Cost: $70)

This course gives students the opportunity to develop their photographic skills. They will use a variety of photographic techniques and processes, developing skills in visual analysis through studying the work of well-known photographers and evaluating their own images as well. Students will have the opportunity to plan a photographic shoot and produce a range of final prints.


Photography Pathway

Photography in Year 10 builds on Studio Arts and Media electives, and utilises an extensive skillset that can be later applied in VCE Studio Art. Photography can be pursued at a tertiary level through arts, photography and advertising degrees as well as various TAFE courses. It can lead to a career as an artist, photographer, graphic designer, as well as work in the application of medical imagery (Radiology, MRI).

Sport Technology
(Cost $40)

Students will investigate and analyse theories of fitness and training through both practical sessions and the use of technology. They will use a range of online applications and practical approaches to examine how their body responds to exercise, fitness components and training methods. Students will analyse their own patterns of activity and approaches to fitness using their own device. Students will also design their own training program for a selected fitness goal and monitor and implement this program at a local gym. It is a requirement of this subject that students have a working laptop/tablet device.


Sport Technology Pathway

This subject builds on the PE curriculum at Years 7 to 9. It leads to VCE Physical Education and VET Sport and Recreation. Students will learn to analyse movement and collect data, and develop an understanding of how to apply their learning to meet specific aims. They will also learn many skills specific to training methods and how the body works, which will be highly beneficial if students choose to continue fitness, physical education and/or health studies at University or TAFE. Tertiary studies in this field can lead to a career as a fitness instructor, careers in the sport industry such as exercise and sport science, exercise physiology and exercise science.

Year 10 Assessments 

Planning ahead

Students are encouraged to use a diary or e-diary system to help them to spread their study workload throughout the year.  This will minimise stress associated with preparing for submission of projects and revision for tests and exams.


To help students with planning ahead for these requirements, the senior school teachers have compiled a Year 10 Assessment Schedule.  Please note that dates of assessments may change due to unforeseen circumstances,  however students will be given adequate notice to adjust for these changes.


The Assessment Schedule will be uploaded early to Compass Portal early in the school year.





Co-curricular activities

The dynamic Co-curricular Program at BSC gives students the opportunity to enrich and enhance their academic learning through a wide variety of activities. Open to students across all year levels,  the CCP fosters learning and engagement - offering something for everybody.  


Refer to our current Co-Curricular Program handbook for details about this program. The handbook wil be updated at the beginning of the school year.

Instrumental Music @ BSC

The college hosts a thriving Instrumental Music program that allows students to learn an instrument, to develop their artistic talent and to demonstrate and celebrate this learning.  

Partnerships with Moreland City Council, Sydney Road Street Festival, Merri Health and the Royal Melbourne Hospital (to name but a few) provide many opportunities to perform outside of the school and  to be involved in the wider community.


Refer to our Instrumental Music handbook for details about this program.

Stationery & Textbooks



Uniform items

To view the BSC Uniform options, order uniform items online or check Uniform Shop trading hours,  please access the BSC Uniform Shop.

Curriculum 2020
2018 - Year 10 - Texts & Stationery.pdf
2018 - Year 10 SEALP - Texts & Stationery.pdf
Year 10 2018 Assessment Schedule.docx.pdf
Year 10 2018 Assessment Schedule.pdf
Year 10 2019.pdf
Year 10 SEAL 2019.pdf
Year 9 2019.pdf
Year 9 SEAL 2019.pdf
Year 10 2019.pdf
Year 10 SEAL 2019.pdf
Resource List - Year 10 2020.pdf
Resource List - Year 10 2020 - SEAL Program.pdf
Resource List - Year 10 2020 - SEAL Program.pdf